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Thursday, December 15, 2011

Minnesota Public Radio Stories

  • St. Paul firefightersSt. Paul votes to raise property tax levy
    The state's two largest cities approved their 2012 budgets Wednesday evening. Minneapolis passed a budget that held the property tax levy flat, while St. Paul voted to raise its levy by nearly 5 percent.6:50 a.m.
  • Minneapolis keeps levy flat, OKs new budget
    In past years, the public hearing preceding the budget vote has been full of people complaining about tax hikes. This year was different.6:55 a.m.
  • Mark LundbergAs Iowa's caucuses loom, conservative Republicans look for a leader
    In Sioux County, Iowa, there's a lot of interest in next year's presidential election, but also a lot of indecision among many local Republicans who still don't know who they will support in the looming Iowa caucuses.7:20 a.m.
  • 'Resports of Minnesota'Neil Johnson frames the 'Resorts of Minnesota'
    Author Neil Johnson spent a year traveling around the state visiting resorts and gathering their stories for his book, "Resorts of Minnesota." He says the first resorts opened in Minnesota in the 1870s, but it's hard to pinpoint the state's very first resort.7:45 a.m.

National Public Radio Stories

  • State Of The GOP Race: Are We In For A Protracted Primary Season?
    For months, it looked like Mitt Romney might wrap the nomination up quickly. Now, he's engaged in an all-out war with Newt Gingrich. And with only a few short weeks until the Iowa caucuses, Republicans are wrapping their minds around the possibility of a long battle.
  • Huckabee Hosts 4 GOP Candidates At Film Premiere
    In 2008, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee was running for the GOP presidential nomination, and won the Iowa caucuses. Wednesday night in Des Moines, he hosted four current GOP contenders at a premiere for an anti-abortion film in which he appears. There was no endorsement from Huckabee, but there was a lot of talk about the need for abortion and other social issues to play a role in selecting a nominee.
  • House Committee To Vote On Online Piracy Act
    A congressional committee is expected to vote Thursday on a bill that's revived a long-running fight between Hollywood and Silicon Valley. The movie industry says the "Stop Online Piracy Act" would create stronger protections for intellectual property. But critics in the high tech industry say the bill could have unintended consequences for the Internet.
  • Federal Government Faces 3rd Shutdown Threat
    Most government funding runs out Friday at midnight. A bitter fight over how to extend an expiring payroll tax break is holding up action on the $1 trillion omnibus spending bill that would keep all agencies open another nine months.
  • Europe's Central Bank Maneuvers Crisis Intervention
    The European Central Bank has ruled out large scale bond purchases to save struggling countries from their mounting debts. But the ECB has said it will extend unlimited credit to European banks. Some observers say these low-interest bank loans could be a back door way to address the debt crisis. National banks would have a new source of cash to buy their home country's sovereign debt.
  • Willing To Sacrifice After A Long Time Out Of Work
    Many people who have been out of work or underemployed for a long time would move to another state or work the night shift to get a job, an NPR/Kaiser Family Foundation poll found. "You [say] yes to any shift, to any time, to any pay," says one man who is considering a move from the Seattle suburbs to North Dakota.
  • Ala. Ethics Law Restricts Gifts To Teachers
    In Alabama, a teacher who takes a Christmas ham as a gift from a student could get jail time. That's because of a new ethics law the governor wants changed. The new law severely restricts gifts to teachers.
  • An Early College Economics Lesson For One Student
    Youth Radio's Sayre Quevedo had to scale back his college plans once he realized his dreams were bigger than his wallet.
  • Patty Duke Applies For Social Security Benefits
    Actress Patty Duke celebrated her 65th birthday Wednesday by apply for Social Security benefits. She did so online, as she's encouraged other seniors to do for years.
  • HP Tightens Severance Policy For Executives
    Hewlett Packard has been under fire for the golden parachutes it awards outgoing CEOs. A chief let go earlier this year received nearly $10 million in severance and bonuses for what was less than a year's work. And the CEO fired before that received nearly $35 million when he left.

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